Creatives who don’t have contracts say things like:
- I work with great people. I won’t have to go to court.
- I wouldn’t be able to afford to sue them anyway.
- I can’t afford a lawyer to draw up a contract for me.
- It’s not a big deal.
No. NO. NO!
You need a contract. Sure, you hope that you never have to use it. But that’s not the point. The point of having a contract is that it states what both parties expect to happen. It lays out and defines expectations. And it ELIMINATES confusion and prevents legal action from happening!
If legal action is required, your contract will give you some ground to stand on. Once in my career, a client didn’t pay me. I had an attorney send a letter referencing our contract, and then I received a check in the mail. Spend a few hours, get your contract up and running, and COVER YOUR BUTTS, PEOPLE.
If you don’t have a contract that you use for EVERY project, it’s time for an intervention. In my latest blog post, I share some great contract resources (including my own that you can use as a model). I also answer a few questions you might be wondering. Get it here:
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